What fun would a powerful and popular smartphone be without having the ability to share information with the world through one of the popular social media networks? With Apple’s last major release of iOS, we saw the inclusion of native sharing of info to the Twitter network and it looks likely that more services will be added in future releases of iOS, but until that time comes, some additional installations through Cydia should suffice.
The InstaSocial tweak comes from the developer of InstaTwitter and InstaFacebook, two individual widgets for Notification Center that exist as single entities and allow information to be posted to the social networks. The purpose of InstaSocial seems to go a few steps further and offers users a premium social sharing experience directly from Notification Center.
After installation, InstaSocial is activated like all Notification Center-based widgets. Switching the Notification Center toggle to ‘On’ will place the widget directly within Notification Center. As is always the case with these type of widgets, it is also compatible with the Dashboard X package, meaning that all of the functionality can also be accessed from the home screen.
InstaSocial pretty much does as the name suggests by giving instant social sharing options to the device through the integration of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Google+. A native looking alert pop up provides users with the ability to choose the network of their choice, and also gives them the ability to upload media through the Camera Roll or directly from the native Camera app itself, and to top it off, you can add a custom caption to the image being uploaded using the iOS keyboard or by using voice dictation.
There can be no denying that InstaSocial provides a decent way to interact with the most popular social networks, but with Apple rumored to be including Facebook support in iOS 6, I can’t help but think tweaks like this will be rendered useless in a few months time.
InstaSocial is available to download from the BigBoss repository for $1.99 and requires a jailbroken device running iOS 5 or above.